BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Tayler Thomas Braud, 32, is awaiting booking into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Braud is facing multiple counts of residential contractor fraud.
Braud was hired by a woman to complete a series of remodeling and construction projects at her home.
According to text messages between Braud and the alleged victim, she was instructed to pay half upfront and the second portion when the project was complete.
According to the warrant, he is not a licensed contractor. On May 14, 2021, a contract was signed and the first payment was sent on Venmo. Two weeks later, Braud claimed the project was going to be complete by the end of the week, and on good faith, the alleged victim paid the remaining balance according to the warrant.
The alleged victim then paid Braud for a separate project. In total, Braud allegedly collected $27,455.00 for all the project, some of which he did complete.
But the alleged victim was left with over $5,500 worth of projects uncompleted, forcing her to hire a second contractor costing her an additional $4,465, totaling a nearly 10-thousand-dollar loss for the alleged victim.
On May 13, 2021, the alleged victim hired Braud for over $25,000 to repair her home from flood damages. She Venmoed Braud a little over half via Venmo according to the warrant initially and continued to pay in full in installments. After 45 days, the alleged victim claims none of the work had been completed, pushing this case into fraud according to the law.
On August 26, 2021, the sheriff’s department was notified the Braud was hired to complete work on an alleged victim’s home for over $4,000, half of which the alleged victim paid upfront through Venmo. One of the projects Braud was allegedly hired to complete was to paint the floors of the garage.
According to the warrant, a subcontractor hired by Braud did the work, but was never paid by Braud, forcing the alleged victim to fork over an additional $500.
After 45 days, Braud had not completed the work and was unreachable according to the warrant. In a photo lineup, the alleged victim was able to positively identify Braud.
Braud has been at large ever since according to the warrant.